Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine

WOW!  The whole experience was overwhelming in a good way.  90 creative people gathered together in a beautiful landscape.  The classes were drawing, metals, glass, wood and fabric. I was in the drawing class with a fantastic teacher and artist Claire Sherman.   My roommate was in the glass class.  I loved it all!    This blog will show mostly my art work.  It will take another post or 2 to talk about the food and other things I did.

I am standing by my work for the showing of  students’ work on Thursday night before we left Friday am.  Claire Sherman the teacher was wonderful.  She does large oil paintings and exhibits at the D.C. Moore Gallery in NYC.   She teaches at Drew University. We started our class with Claire showing slides by artists throughout history working in landscape.  Then we went outside to the rocks.  Painting and drawing everyday using watercolor, pens, crayons, and pencils I quickly worked on my small studies.  “Do 6 sketches before lunch”, Claire would say.  Use good paper and good paint.  What are you saving paper for?

I got quite involved with the idea of seaweed creeping around the rocks and into the sea. Seaweed became a fascinating subject for me.P1050180

The small sketches evolved into larger mixed media watercolor paintings.  Claire encouraged us to take leaps pushing our ideas along.  “There should be a difference between a photograph and a painting” she said.  We looked at slides of work by Turner, Charles Birchfield , Hooper and Diog among a few.  We also had reading homework every evening.


Night Painting Cabin 18 and 19

We read about VanGogh before we did a night painting.  I started this night painting outside my cabin but the mosquitos attacked me so I went inside with the lights out to paint some more.  I finished it the next day in the studio.

Lots and lots of painting of Deer Isle. Lots of climbing steps.  Steps to my cabin, steps to the bathroom, steps to the studio, steps to the dining hall and steps to the parking lot.  The 2 weeks spent here was a step into paradise.  The paradise did include ants, mosquitos and laundry that would never quite dry.P1040993

Foggy days, sunny days and 1 rainy day.

I feel like I learned new things and had a great time.  On my way home I visited an exhibit of watercolors by John Marin.  He painted on Deer Isle, Maine.  These are 2 of his paintings of Deer Isle.


Drawing on the Edge – the Grand Canyon


Fun sketching all day. The Grand Canyon is a challenge to draw! 


I wish we had this sign at The Overlook by the Ocean in Corona del Mar!

P1040533I arrived for my drawing class at the Grand Canyon  once again drawn by the mysteries of the Canyon.IMG_5978



Looking at the Colorado River and wishing to be on one of the boats at Hermit Falls.


The instructor Allen Petersen doing a demonstration  on drawing the canyon.


AT Last I have GOOD WIFI.  I’m in Amarillo, Texas.  Sitting under a tree, just went swimming in the pool and now I’m waiting for a shuttle to go to the Big Texan Steak Ranch.  Life is good.  Oh, I also have a glass of vino and a fan by my side. More to come!

Before I left on my trip I saw the beautiful glass sculptures at Sherman Library and Gardens.  Be sure to see them this summer if you live near-by.  I loved them!


Coming on June 17, 2017, Happy Anniversary 50 Wonderful Years! I love you Both and Wish you the Best!

Printmaking 7th Grade: Compton, CA

 Shary and I decided to volunteer our time to teach printmaking to 7th graders.   Shary picked me up at 6:30 a.m. and we headed for Compton.

img_5518The kids were great.  They loved the whole printing process and their artwork that resulted.   img_5504

I’m a retired art teacher and miss that thrill of seeing children create.  Teaching them as they in turn teach me.  They were quite pleased with their work. Shary is an artist in Laguna Beach.  She does wonderful paintings and prints.

Their Art Teacher Benji had talked us into visiting his art classes.  He does a great job.

 The students had worked on drawings for the project with their teacher Benji.

img_5488The next step was drawing into the styrofoam plate with a pencil.  Shary and I rolled the ink unto the plate and the students printed it on colored paper.  Wow! We had some great results.  The Students were pleased and so were the teachers.

This is a project Benji did with the students.  The Circle painting is the first step.

Other layers go on top.  It was an impressive project.  We really liked the atmosphere of the school and the students.  It was a long day of work but so rewarding.

I thought of my brother and all the time he volunteered for children in “Trout in the Classroom”  He set a good example for me.

img_5544I’m still in a happy place after Patriots win in the Super Bowl.  The Thrill of Victory is very sweet!

Park City, Utah

Heading to Park City, I stop the first night at Snow Canyon State Park in St. George, Utah.

It is a beautiful spot!  The next day I head up the 15 to Park City, Utah.  At the rest stop I spot a Nut Mobile.

I check into my room at Westgate Resort.  It’s amazing.  I’m really having a good time exploring the environment and the weather while swimming in the indoor-outdoor pool and hot tub.  It’s a great vacation spot.  Monday I stay at the Resort and watch the snow falling.  It’s light snow and I still can go swimming.

 My daily routine  for the rest of the week. Read and eat breakfast than be out at 9:30 a.m. I try to catch some early morning sun.  The sun shinning on the Aspens makes the yellow color luminous. I drive to a spot to paint. I’ve decided the day before where I will go.  Today I went to the parking lot where they had The Farmers Market.  I paint at least 3 paintings.  Below is a truck with pizza oven on the back at the Farmer’s Market.

The Mountains are beautiful with fall colors and snow.

Today it is Olympic Park. I arrived just in time for the tour. The guide looked like

Robert Redford at 45.  He was a former Olympic member of the luge team and now is an announcer for the Olympics.  He is already signed up for South Korea Olympics.

It was so  interesting and scary.  I don’t know how they can do it. The tour was in a bus to 3 different Olympic spots. Next I went to a nice lunch at Squatters  Roadhouse.  Home for my swim in the pool.  I’m really relaxing.

I found a friend in downtown Park City.


Park City owns this barn.  Some call the White Barn also known as McPolin Barn.  I walked a trail past the barn.  Paved trails run all over the city.

My wonderful Brother Bob passed away suddenly in August.  I wanted to post a blog all about him but I wasn’t able to do it yet.  He supported me in all my endeavors.


Drawings for Garden Tour



Outdoor Staircase from Paris.

I have been busy doing black and white drawings for the Garden Tour.


Otter and Birds swim in Garden


Wooden Bird House blends into Tree trunk

 I started doing these small black and white drawings for the program, that acts as a ticket and describes the Gardens that are on the Garden Tour in April.


Rocks spill out by Potted Plant

Window boxes on @nd Story

Window boxes on 2nd Story

I visited the Gardens in January.  I have to use my artistic eye and imagination to sketch the Gardens as they might be in April. It’s all good.  I love it.


 I also get to pick the Garden I want to paint in.  Guess What, It’s all of them!  The Garden Tour Chairs laugh at me!

I’m grateful to Sherman Library and Gardens for starting me on this sketching path.